UPDATED: Fire destroys home on Vick Street

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Lauren Dickey/A fire destroyed a home in Whitesboro Tuesday, June 17. Lauren Dickey/A fire destroyed a home in Whitesboro Tuesday, June 17. WHITESBORO – Police Cpl. Fred Crawley had a shock when he got the call for a house fire on Vick Street Tuesday afternoon. It was his parents’ house.

The blaze destroyed the one-story ranch house.

There were no reported injuries, according to fire officials.

Firefighters from four local fire departments responded to the scene.

Cape May Court House, Green Creek, Erma and Rio Grande fire companies responded to the scene at 1:10 p.m. and brought the fire at the one-story ranch home under control within 45 minutes.

According to Middle Township Police Capt. John Edwards, a fire monitor within the house alerted police and fire companies. After that, there were several 911 calls as neighbors saw smoke from the fire.

The first responder to the call was Cpl. Crawley, who then called his father and step-mother, homeowners Fred and Martha Crawley. His parents were at work at the time.

The fire was initially reported to officials as a structure fire with possible entrapment. Later reports, however, indicated that the only person at home, Martha Crawley’s sister Faith McNeal, left the home by 12:30 p.m.

According to Jim Belles, assistant fire chief, the fire began near the central front of the home. Files and safety-box were retrieved by the firefighters.

Fire officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation by Detective Alan McClure.

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